NCsoft kicks off 2nd CBT of <Blade & Soul> today in the largest size ever in MMORPG history in Korea. Industry guesses the CBT would be the last test for NCsoft prior to upcoming OBT which is set to launch this year.
Total 4 servers and 50 PC bangs will be operated for the 2nd CBT. each of the servers will sustain maximum 7,000 gamers which will eventually add up to 30,000 CCU with the PC bangs.
The 2nd CBT features gathering and craft systems and antagonistic relationship of players in addtion to introducing new class Assassine and 10 instant dungeons.
“We plan to start OBT within this year but it won’t be so long even if it kicks off late,” said JaeHo Lee the vice president of NCsoft.
Since the 1st CBT took place in April and the next one is taking place 4 months after the first one, there is not quite enough time to have 3rd test before having OBT this year.
In addition to that, NCsoft gives away limited costume items that can be used at OBT to the testers this time while the 1st CBT participants were given priority over the 2nd CBT in the past.
So as far as we can presume, NCsoft is hoping to kick off OBT without having CBT three times.
“We have no further plan now as we do not address our schedule until we believe in our game’s completion,” said NCsoft. “The amount of work we would be dealing with depends on the feedback and result of the 2nd CBT. So the next move would be fixed after this test.”